Sorry about having not made a decent post in a long time – work, chaos with work, my scooter going haywire thus I’ve been rushing to trains and grabbing rides back home with work mates at the end of each night but hopefully by the end of this week everything will be all good. Replacing the back tire and working on the engine seems to be losing power – possibly something to do with when I came off my bike around a month ago? personally I wouldn’t really care one way or another but given that the power loss means I can’t even make it up Ngauranga gorge it makes life more difficult that it needs to be.
I’ve been reading through on Windows 8.1 Update 1 and as much as I’d love to see Microsoft succeed I can’t help but think this is yet another ADD moment for them – they’ll get half way through this “everyone on the WinRT train” only to lose interest in it like so many other frameworks and technologies in the past. Lets assume that they’re being serious this time (like how they said all the other times, “Oh, we’re really in it for the long haul this time! trust us! honest! give us a second chance!”). Along with that came the usual inkling of having a look at the latest range of ultra books out there by the big names such as Lenovo and Dell – and I was surprised to see what not only were the laptops more expensive but the processes used had a weaker GPU than what the MacBook Air had to offer (the MacBook Air would be the replacement laptop I’d buy to replace this MacBook Pro in the future (maybe when broadwell CPU comes out?). Then I checked out the cost of putting together a home built computer and to be honest the ‘fun’ of tweaking and building just isn’t there – I just want the damn thing to work with minimum ballsing around and god knows the horror stories I see on forums about peoples custom builds tells me that I’m at the stage when I don’t give a crap – I just want to flick a switch and have the thing working when I want it.
Assuming all the stuff does fit into place it reminds me of the issues I had to deal with after putting aside the adjustment I made originally when I put on Windows 8.0 on the laptop and desktop way back when I used to have the Lenovo setup. For example, really basic shit like capturing from a webcam was bloody horrific – dealing with crappy capturing software (built in ‘modern’ capture lacked options such as capturing uncompressed, the Windows Movie Maker was just as bad) then going out to purchase Debut Video Capture Software which ended up dropping frames left, right and centre, never mind the falling out of sync when it came to audio/video which made post editing and compression a giant pain in the ass. Then there is access to software such as ffmpeg where the Windows version is always behind the curve because of Microsofts infinite wisdom of being incompatible with the rest of the known universe you end up very few people willing to go through hell and back just to get an executable compiled for Windows. So when you’re in my position and Microsoft can’t even get the basics right then everything is just undermined from that. On OS X however I fire up QuickTime Player X, create a new capture, adjust it to lossless video and audio, then voila I click record and I’m in business. It is those simple things that Microsoft keep screwing up and the reason why I stay with OS X for all its faults and ‘issues’.
Onto happier news I’ve had a look at the Drobo 5D that I’m interested in hooking up to my Thunderbolt port, then throw on 5 x 4TB drive and I’ll be able to sleep soundly at night knowing my back up of my music CD’s is all safe and sound. The 10.9.3 update also seems to be taking shape – hopefully the issues regarding SMB compatibility will be resolved but given how complex SMB is let alone SMB2 actually is (Microsoft too have had issues with SMB2/SMB compatibility between different versions of Windows on the client and the server so it isn’t all ‘sunshine and lolly pops’ even in an organisation that uses end to end Microsoft software) I’m not surprised there are issues – things weren’t easy in the early days for SAMBA either but eventually it matured and I’m sure Apple’s own ‘in house’ SMB/SMB2 implementation will reach maturity but it just needs more time. With that being said there are alternatives – install ‘Services for UNIX’ (SFU) and use Netatalk to run an AFP server so that OS X clients can access resources without too many problems or another one would be to use the build in NFS server as part of SFU which is also native for OS X and has a lot let issues.